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Nurses back COPD telehealth trial

A new telehealth device is being tested by community matrons in Preston with people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Feedback from those involved has reportedly been good.

NHS Central Lancashire, the region’s community matron locality lead and the Preston Breatheasy Group are all backing the trial, which began in June.

Patients are able to measure blood pressure, pulse and weight, and answer daily questions about their disease through the device.

A videoconferencing facility on the telehealth gadget, called the Intel Health Guide, allows people to talk to their nurse, which helps to improve monitoring of the patients’ condition.

Early recognition of any changes to a person’s symptoms is hoped to cut down on the number of emergency hospital admissions.

The trial runs for a year and the effect on patients’ quality of life will be assessed regularly. A similar trial is taking place in the NHS Lothian area.

The Central Lancashire trust’s community matron locality lead, Anne Walton, said: “This new technology allows patients to take a more active role in their own care and to learn more about their own condition.

“This will hopefully teach them how to spot signs of symptoms so they can act sooner to avoid being admitted to hospital.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Marc Evans

    I really do not like the sound of this scheme, interaction with patients is best when you are face to face. As much as I love technology this is taking the spirit of Nursing away.

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  • This scheme has been in place in Buckinghamshire for the last 12/18 months and yes whilst i agree that face to face contact is the ideal it appears to be working well
    word of caution like all computer generated programmes is only as good as the person interpretting the results

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